June 22.2015 – Story Behind “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts

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Hear the story here!

This was written by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna with songwriters Bobby Boyd and Marcus Hummon. Hanna recalled the story of the song to The Boot: “In 1994, when Matraca [Berg] and I got back from our honeymoon, Marcus and I got together to write,” he said. “Marcus’ wife, Becca Stevens, had actually married Matraca and me. We got to talking about the circuitous route you take in life and how sometimes you think things are horrible and are never going to get better, but they lead you to something that ultimately is a lot better, whether it’s a relationship, spiritual path, business or whatever.”

“He sat down and said, ‘I’ve got this idea,’ and he sang me this piano intro, which is essentially what you heard on the Rascal Flatts record,” Hanna continued. “He had a little outline going already, and we wrote most of it in a couple of hours.”

“After that,” he added, “Marcus said to me, ‘I got this inspiration from a conversation from a songwriter friend of mine named Bobby Boyd, and I think we should include Bobby as an author on the song.'”

“Late winter of ’94, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was doing the record called ‘Acoustic’ in Colorado, and we recorded this simple, little song,” he concluded, “and we have played it almost nightly since we recorded it.”

This song was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1994 album Acoustic. The first version to be released as a single came out in 1998 by the Country singer Melodie Crittenden under the title “Broken Road.” Her recording reached #42 on the singles chart. In 2006 she recorded the song a second time as a member of the gospel group Selah. Selah’s version was the title track of Bless the Broken Road – The Duets Album, which won the 2007 Dove award for Best Inspirational Album.

Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler and Kim Carnes were among those who said they wanted to cut the song, but never did.

The songwriters figured the tune had run its course until they heard Rascal Flatts planned to cut it, and then make it a single. That took the song to its recent multiweek run at the top of the charts.

Since then, many artists have recorded the song with Rascal Flatts’s version being the highest-charting, becoming a five week number 1 hit on the Billboard country music charts in 2005 and earning the songwriters a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.Lyrics:
I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through

I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Yes it did

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know it’s true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Yeah

And now I’m rolling home
Into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
Ooh, ooh
That led me straight to you

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